3 MO' DIVAS' Is Awarded Its First PBS TV Special, Starts 3/1
After receiving rave reviews and playing to sold out audiences & standing ovations in over 200 performances, Marion J. Caffey's 3 Mo' Divas (www.3MoDivas.com) has been awarded its first PBS television special. "3 Mo' Divas (Smashing Musical Barriers)" will air nationally March 1st-10th and June 1st-15th. (check local listings for exact dates and times). In celebration of the PBS Special, 3 Mo' Divas will also release their debut CD "Smashing Musical Barriers" on March 1st and a Hi-Def & Blu-Ray DVD recording of the PBS special on May 12th.
3 Mo' Divas brings down the house with thrilling performances of an amazing 10 styles of music, including Opera, Broadway, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Disco, Rock & Roll, Spiritual & Gospel. The show begins with the classical sounds of Puccini then segues into songs from hit Broadway musicals like Wicked, Ragtime and Rent. This is soon followed by hot and familiar tunes of Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. By the end of every performance, the Divas have audiences up out of their seats rockin', singing and dancing in the aisles. 3 Mo' Divas is an extraordinary musical event - all music, all passion and all fun. 3 Mo' Divas performs 10 styles of music, spanning 233 years and sung in 3 languages.
3 Mo' Divas is the brainchild of Broadway writer/director Marion J. Caffey who also had a huge success on PBS with his Three Mo' Tenors. Vocal versatility is the key to the success of the "Mo' Music" concept. The uniqueness of these ladies lies in their ability to sing an unprecedented, 10 styles of music while maintaining the integrity of each style. In other words, opera sounds like opera, jazz like jazz and gospel like gospel. Their aim is to smash the musical barriers that frequently define most classical singers.
Mr. Caffey commented, "Our goal is to sing our way into musical history. 3 Mo' Divas embodies a musical repertoire of extraordinary breadth. These ladies are simply three of the most versatile voices on the planet!"
3 Mo' Divas will subsequently be performing live at the world famous Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th Street) on June 27th, The Cerritos Center (Cerritos, CA) on April 10th and 11th, The Geva Theater (Rochester, NY) from July 7th - August 9th, and The Lyric Theater (Baltimore, MD) on October 2nd. More tour dates in the works. Please check the website. www.3modivas.com
Marion J. Caffey (Creator, Producer and Director)
Mr. Caffey began his career as a song and dance man performing in the US and around the world for more than 13 years. Marion has the rare distinction of having written, directed, performed and choreographed on/for the Broadway stage. He now completely dedicates himself to conception, writing and directing. Cookin' at the Cookery (The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter), his first writing effort, has played more than 40 productions, and has garnered many awards and nominations including New York's Drama Desk, Drama League and The New York Times critics choice as best musical of 2003. He has served as director and/or choreographer on Street Corner Symphony, Crowns, Bowfire, Blackbirds of Broadway, Chicago, Forever Plaid, Jelly Roll: The Music and the Man, Little Shop of Horrors, Tintypes, The All Night Strut, Ain't Misbehavin', Purple Victorious, Ruthless, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Spunk, The Colored Museum and 1940's Radio Hour.
Caffey's Three Mo' Tenors opened in New York City to rave reviews and standing ovations in August 2000. Three Mo' Tenors is a theatrically staged concert celebration of the African-American tenor voice, crossing eight musical forms and spanning 400 years of music in one evening. Three Mo' Tenors has appeared on NBC's "Today Show," CNN, "Good Morning America," The White House, Kennedy Center, The Mark Twain Awards, Fox News, NAACP Image Awards Show and even Jessye Norman's 62nd Birthday party. They recorded a CD and DVD for RCA. The concert was awarded its own PBS Great Performances TV special on PBS and is available for sale on amazon.com. Three Mo' Tenors opened Off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theater in New York last year to rave reviews and standing ovations and continues to tour around the world today. See www.threemotenorsontour.com
Joseph Joubert (Musical Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations)
Most recently Grammy nominee Joubert worked on Elton John's Billy Elliot, Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple on Broadway and the Labelle reunion CD. Other Broadway and regional credits include: the Caroline or Change; Three Mo' Tenors, Porgy and Bess Five Guys Named Moe; Big River. As a solo artist, Joseph has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall to name a few. His many collaborators include; Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Simon Estes, Tramaine Hawkins, Ashford and Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Jennifer Holiday, Dionne Warwick and Luther Vandross. 3 Mo' Divas is his 2nd collaboration with Mr. Caffey.